Uhuru vows not to extend his term

By Vincent Kejitan | Friday, Jun 19th 2020 at 16:31
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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday pledged to respect his term limit, putting to bed talk that he intends to serve in a different capacity after 2022.

Speaking during a webinar hosted by the Atlantic Council, the Head of State vowed to see out his second term, adding that he will not go against the constitution.

“I can tell you that if there is one thing Kenyans are certain about, it is the two-term limit,” Mr Kenyatta stated. “No president has broken that, and I don’t intend to be the first.

“I have no clue if there is going to be a premiership in the Constitution,” he said.

Adding: “The office that exists today is the office of the President…And our Constitution is very clear that the president serves for two terms.”

On the negative economic impact of Covid-19, President Kenyatta said Kenya and several other African countries working under the auspices of the African Union had put together stimulus packages to support sectors that are badly affected such as tourism and aviation to cope.

He, however, reiterated the African Union's call for more international support to the continent especially in freeing up of finances the continent needs to respond to the pandemic.

Responding to a question on police brutality, the President acknowledged the presence of wayward personnel in the police service and reminded oversight agencies to execute their mandates.

He said that his administration continues to empower oversight institutions with resources and capacity to enable them take decisive actions against offending police officers.

"We are trying to ensure that all the necessary oversight bodies that have been charged with the responsibility of overseeing our police forces are empowered to the degree that they are now able to take action," the President said.

The webinar was moderated by former Financial Times East African Correspondent based in Nairobi Katrina Manson and attended by among others State House Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita.

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